IBM 5 in 5 as a Method of Sustainable Innovation

How does the strategic value matrix work in the case of your enterprise? How does this work for a business, a university, a government, or a country? If you stand by and watch others get to their future, eventually you will need to mitigate an emerging present you might not understand. It is healthier to be wrong about one's bet about the future, than not to place a bet at all.

One company that understands that is IBM. At the end of each year, they examine market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBM's global labs, to develop a multi-year forecast called The Next 5 in 5. In November of 2014,[1] IBM released the five innovations that they believed would change our lives over the next five years:

In the Future, Everything Will Learn

A new era in computing will lead to breakthroughs that will amplify human abilities, assist us in making good choices, look out for us and help us navigate our world in powerful new ways. The classroom of the future will learn about each individual student over the course of their education, helping them master the skills that match their goals. The rapid digitization of educational institutions will allow unprecedented instrumentation of the learning process.

Cognitive computing, or learning technologies, will help us calculate everything we can about how each student learns and thrives, then create flexibility in the system to continually adapt and fine-tune what we deliver to that student and how this supports teachers and employers.

  • [1] Available at: June 21, 2015).
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